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Plantation Island Resort
Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews
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“Our Paradise”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

My wife and I have traveled extensively and for some reason we continue to venture back to our little piece of paradise "Plantation Island FIJI".

We have been the on 4 occasions and it still delivers the wow factor.

If you have a family, you will not regret this decission if you choose this island. The accomodation is great, depending on what dollars you are prepaired to let go. do not recommend the motel accomodation. All the Bures I have seen have been great but the beach side bures have no comparison. If you can afford it then the beach side is the ultimate.

The food is good and the servise is what you expect in FIJI (Fiji time).

If you take my word for what it is worth you will thank me one day.

Room Tip: All rooms are good to great except the hotel rooms, a little dated for me.
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

My family and i recently spent 5 nights at Plantation Island!!
Arriving on the Malolo Cat we were welcomed by the singing staff and given shell necklaces! It really set the mood for the holiday!
Staff were absolutely fantastic throughout our entire stay!!
The resort is a little run down and just needs a bit of a freshen up, but for us it was more than adequate! We had a spacious Garden Studio Bure, which had plenty of room for the 5 of us!
Kids club was great for the kids with plenty of activities throughout the day and we mainly utilised this service in the evening. Watching the kids chasing Richie lighting the torches was one of the highlights of the evening! The staff are so good with the kids!!
Food was good and had plenty of variety each day!
Pools were clean.
The beach was AMAZING and provided my boys with hours of entertainment! From snorkelling gear to the sea kayaks... Hours of fun!
Overall we all had a fabulous time and cant wait to get back to the Island!
I have a hammock with my name on it!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in a Studio Garden Bure. It was big enough for our family of 5. Two adults and three boys...
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2012

We didnt have any expectations about plantation other than that we wouldnt compare it to the mainland as its totally different. We did expect however, that the food be good as we had prepaid for a meal plan for everyone (there were 2 adults and 4 kids) and that our rooms were clean. Ive been reading reviews for plantation since last year before we booked and paid for the holiday as i really wanted an overall view of what it was like. The only way to find out is to go and see for yourself so we thought we would take the plunge and do so. Well, i wished I had stuck with my original idea of staying at denarau. Our rooms (all 3 of them as we got moved) were all dirty. The beds were so uncomfortable to sleep on that my hubby had to take painkillers to help his back as he had ceased up one day. The mattresses are on sheets of wood which makes them like rocks. The cleaning ladies obviously dont know how to use a scrubbing brush as the gunge that was built up in the showers and on the shower doors was just disgusting. The place is very rundown and tired as plenty of people have already said (since long ago) and even tho management keep saying they are refurbishing, (which it seems they are sometimes) its been like this since last year from what ive read on the reviews. We found the weather to be more hot this time of year, as its end of rainy season and wouldnt go again in march but wait until after june when its not so humid. That way the smell of rubbish and sewerage would also not be as bad as it was around the resort, especially by the jetty which is where our last room was. The food was shocking to say the least. Kids were made to eat free off the buffet only which we knew before we left, but figured they would have known what kids like, we were very wrong. Lunch was everyone ate the same thing, and you were lucky to have more than one choice and it was always a hot selection. Vege curry, sweet and sour steamed fish, chick wings, rice, casseroles. Dont get me wrong, some of them were tasty, most were tasteless, but kids dont want heavy adult type meals at lunchtime, their evening meals were not much better, and most kids i saw at the tables, sat there looking very glum with parents trying to bribe them to eat the food so they didnt have to pay anymore money for them to eat off the menus. We had complained to management ourselves as its just not good enough. You have families complaining and telling them what they and the kids would prefer, but no one seems to want to listen or make any changes. Families wont be encouraged to come back over and over if management cant give the suggestions a try. The kids club was ok, the staff were great with kids, check your prices of things as they seem to change all the time, the meal plans are a total nightmare with dockets you have to keep track of and give each time you eat which can be confusing, but definitely keep all receipts as you want to make sure others are putting stuff on your room accounts anywhere. We have to say a big thankyou to some of the staff that did make our stay a bit better, Naomi for always having a table for us and greeting us with such warmth, Matt for always being there to take our orders and always being so friendly, Bill for entertaining my eldest and playing pool in the evenings, Deoni for making the effort to say goodbye when we left and just saying bula, Tomasi for just being Tomasi, nicest guy ever!! Ritchie for being great with the kids and very entertaining doing the Charlie Brown!!, Miriam for taking the time to listen to our concerns and accommodate us as best she could to make our stay bearable. We wouldnt go back to plantation again at this stage, and we are trying to be honest here, Management need to make some changes, they need to listen to the families that are not satisfied, take the suggestions and comments that are asked of us on the questionnaire we fill in before we leave and actually make those changes, I guarantee that more families would keep returning if they could see their time they put into the questionnaire was being taken seriously.

Room Tip: Do breakfast meal plan as its very filling and keeps you going throughout the day, try to get a room...
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

What a great resort from the location of our Bure to the crystal blue waters .
A family holiday that was real value for money for a family of 5 .
The kids had fun & so did we with a helping hand from our wonderful babysitter varr gave my husband & I time to laze around on the LILO and hear nothing but bliss.
It's not a five star resort but clean comfortable and friendly . Spend the extra $$ and get the beach front accomadation it truly is worth it .it's like living the picture perfect postcard .
Rod-Sophia
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  • Stayed February 2012
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Auckland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2012

We (2 adults & 2 eleven year olds) stayed 7 nights in March 2012. The weather was stunning. It was our first time to Fiji, so we were a little bit nervous anyway but even more so due to the mixed reveiws this resort receives. However, I am very pleased to advise that this resort is great. Being almost an hours boat ride from the mainland, you definately get the feeling that you're on a secluded island in the pacific, however, there are plenty of land and water activities to do (or not do) to keep you entertained.

We stayed in a Garden Bure (322) that was comfortable, easily fit the four of us, clean and serviced daily. We were located just 20ish metres from the beach. The air-con in the bure was fantastic - very refreshing. There are no tv's so you might like to take a portable dvd player. We did but only used it once.

The food was mixed. The kids had the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they seemed to enjoy it. My husband and I selected from the menu for each meal and found the food to be some good and some not so good. The nicest meal I had was at the Ananda's Restaurant located at the end of the resort. The Chicken South Pacific was delicious!!

The staff were all friendly, very accommodating and always greating you with a big "Bula" (hello in Fijian). From 7pm onwards the staff keep you entertained. The kids club we used a couple of times but is more suited to younger children.

Take with you: pegs, washing powder, insect repellent and fly spray, loads of sunscreen and a small first aid kit with antiseptic cream for cuts and scapes.

We did not want to leave and cannot wait to return. Proof that Plantation Island Resort is a great place to visit. Thank you Plantation Island Resort.

Room Tip: The garden bures were great.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2012

We travelled as a young couple early Feb for 5 nights for the second time and had the time of our lives, the only disappointing thing was the constant rain for the first 3 days so we couldn't enjoy dining out on the beach for dinner, I think next time we will book later in the year. Some parts of the island are a little bit run down but you don't notice it after the first night! There is soo much that you can do on the island from snorkelling trips, island hopping to visit the surrounding islands and boat rides for the kids. My favourite part of the holiday was visiting Shell Village and seeing their way of life, the school is gorgeous and so are the women selling their jewellery, I tried to go back other times to give the children gifts but the weather didn't allow it - most trips out are very weather permitting. I found this to be the hard part as the staff in the boat shed often said come back the next day which was hard when trying to organise what to do each day but we never ran out of ideas! The cash card system is very easy to use - just take cash to the office and they load it onto the card for you. The boat trip over was very bumpy as we were travelling through cyclone Jasmine, almost everyone was sick but a fun experience! The staff are all lovely and offer a warm 'Bula' whenever you see them :) We took the half meal plan which came with breakfast which was fantastic and the themed buffet dinners which were the best. The bread rolls before dinner were always a treat! The themed nights are a lot of fun such as Mr.Plantation, bingo and crab racing! The cocktails are very good too. We were given a free room upgrade as the hotel was closed due to the cyclone - we stayed in a pool-side room which was fantastic but quite far away from the main areas of the resort bit still great and was cleaned everyday. One tip is to take mozzie spray and pegs :) Overall it was a fantastic holiday and cannot wait to return again - a few tears were shed on departure!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2012

My partner and I stayed at Plantation Island Resort 3-10 March 2012 with a group of friends. We were booked into a beachfront hotel room (which we had stayed in 3 years previously) but were upgraded to a beachfront bure as the hotel rooms were being refurbished. The beachfront bure was great for a couple and a bit more spacious and private than a hotel room, it was a few steps from the beach and there were hammocks between the trees outside.

Generally I found the resort was tired and in need of a bit of an upgrade.

The resort is "cash-less" so you must buy a cash card to use or charge back to your room.

It was particularly hot and humid at this time of year and we found the only retreat from the heat was to keep dipping in the swimming pool or the sea (swimming pool was cooler) or going to our bure and closing all the shutters (which made it quite dark) and putting the airconditioning on. There are no communal airconditioned areas at the resort. There were a lot of flies around during the day (especially when dining) and sandflies and mosquitos at night.

The meals at the main restaurant were not of a good quality, just produced for the masses I think. It worried me that the buffets were left out for several hours in the heat (the restaurant is not air-conditioned). We also ate at the snack bar and I noticed that the meat patties used in our burgers were not refrigerated. We ate a couple of times at the Ananda Restaurant which was a bit better and only a 5 minute walk away, meals could be charged back to your room.

There are plenty of activities for all ages to partake in on the island and we enjoyed the golf tournament, island hopping, massage, and evening entertainment each night. The island is quite large compared to others we have visited so you can go for lengthy walks if you wish and there are two other resorts on the island you can visit.

We found the staff most friendly and attentive and after a day or so they remembered our names. Most of the staff we spoke to had been there for over 5 years.

Tips: I would not recommend going at this time of year purely because it is particularly hot and humid and we experienced "cyclone like" conditions one day. We have visited in the winter previoulsy and it was perfect weather. Ask for a room away from the lounge if you want a quiet room at night as the disco goes until about 1am. Take aeroguard spray. Eat at different restaurants, not just the main restaurant.

Fantastic for a family holiday, not so much for couples.

Room Tip: Bures past the jetty are quieter, have snorkelling right outside and a beautiful sunset - it is a bi...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Plantation Island Resort
Address: Plantation Island | PO Box 9176, Fiji
Region: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Lailai Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Plantation Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the 553 acre island of Malolo Lailai, part of the Mamanuca Group of Islands, Plantation is surrounded by 23 acres of tropical gardens, coconut palms and white sandy beaches that front a beautiful sheltered lagoon. Plantation offers several accommodation options to suit most budgets, and is great value for families, students and fun loving couples. Most of the activities are complimentary including the 'Coconut Kids Club'. Come experience the friendly Fijian hospitality! ... more   less 
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